Despite talented cast and filmmakers the movie only somewhat delivers!
'DEATH AT A FUNERAL': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
Remake of a popular indie British comedy, of the same name, from 2007
directed by Frank Oz. This 2010 update is directed by Neil LaBute (who
also directed such titles as 'IN THE COMPANY OF MEN', 'NURSE BETTY',
'LAKEVIEW TERRACE' and the poorly received 2006 remake of 'THE WICKER
MAN') and written by the original scriptwriter Dean Craig. This new
version is highlighted by an impressive ensemble cast including Chris
Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, James Marsden, Luke
Wilson, Columbus Short, Danny Glover and returning cast member Peter
Dinklage. I haven't seen the original film but I've heard it's much
better, despite the talented cast and filmmakers this movie only
The film is played out during an afternoon funeral where everything
goes wrong and the story revolves around Aaron (Rock) who's father
passed away. Besides coping with his father's death Aaron also has to
deal with the pressures of his wife (Regina Hall) wanting a child as
well as his mother (Loretta Devine) wanting a grandchild. He has to
deal with the stress of writing a eulogy which many think his arrogant
mildly famous writer brother Ryan (Lawrence) should be doing. He also
has to deal with paying for the funeral on his own, since his famous
brother is broke, and the morgue delivering the wrong body. There's
also his cousin (Saldana) and her accidentally drugged boyfriend
(Marsden) as well as her jealous ex-boyfriend (Wilson) and a grumpy old
uncle (Glover). To top it off Aaron also has to compromise with a
blackmailing little person (Dinklage), with some startling information.
The film is a zany screwball comedy with some decent laughs but that's
about all it is, nothing more and nothing less. The cast all do their
jobs adequately and the directing is about what you'd expect from a
film like this. There's really nothing to complain about but ultimately
the film is forgettable, it does what it's supposed to for an hour and
a half and then life goes on. Nothing to think about of course but also
no really big laughs to look back on. This is fine but I've heard the
original film is much more memorable and funny, I should probably check
it out. As for this film it's not bad just an average comedy with an
impressive line up of stars.
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Not as good as the original. I'm suprised they let this remake come out only 2 years after the original..
Great movie .
it was fantastic.
Same basic movie as the 2007 British version, but not nearly as entertaining.
Just over two years ago I saw the 2007 British movie of the same title.
I gave it a rating of 8 out of 10, it is a funny and interesting take
on a family funeral that turns into a family crisis. It was funny
without being "dirty." Meanwhile, I read that this movie was being
re-made with an American take, set in Los Angeles, and with American
actors and American sensibilities. Reportedly the producers were
impressed with the British movie and wanted to re-make it so that a
wider American audience would get to see it.
So, curious, I got the DVD of this new movie from my public library,
and I watched it yesterday with Natalie, a college student who
incidentally has the DVD of the British movie and watched it again just
In quick summary, this American version is nowhere as good or as funny
as the British version. The characters' names are changed, and of
course the location, but other than that it is pretty much the same
movie, but with more toilet humor and more profanity thrown in, neither
of which help make it a good movie. Both Natalie and I agreed on this
point, and both of us observed that this one doesn't "flow" nearly as
well as the British original. The scenes are the same, but the story
doesn't flow as well from scene to scene.
So, while the British "Death at a Funeral" is inventive and funny, this
American "Death at a Funeral" is just disjointed and profane. Unless a
viewer just wants to see a predominantly black family movie, the
British movie is superior in every way.